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  • AUSTRALIA

    Glamour returns to post-war Australia

    • Madeleine Hamilton
    • 09 January 2009

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first showing of Christian Dior's New Look fashion designs in Sydney. After years of wartime material restraints the New Look offered Australian women a fresh way of expressing their individuality and sensuality through fashion. (March 2008)

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Seasons greetings to our readers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 23 December 2008
    11 Comments

    Our decision to make Eureka Street content free of charge has been a resounding success. Traffic to our website has more than doubled. We have received only a few expressions of misgiving from readers who would prefer to pay for the content.

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  • MEDIA

    Newspaper's golden age

    • Moira Rayner
    • 19 December 2008
    7 Comments

    It is apparently old-fashioned to expect to be primarily informed and engaged by a newspaper, yet that is what Melburnians loved about The Age. As a one-time Age columnist, I came in — and went out — at the turning point for that once venerable organ.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Freeview shackles digital TV

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Freeview purports to be consumers' friend, helping them make the switch to digital TV. But it is actually set up to protect the advertising revenue of the commercial networks by limiting the potential of the technology.

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  • MEDIA

    Australia's dubious common ground with India

    • Kimberley Layton
    • 13 November 2008
    9 Comments

    India is very proud of the fact that it is one of the few Asian examples of a deeply rooted democratic system. Just ask them about it - they'll tell you. Australians too seem quietly smug. So it's surprising that we rank only 28th in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index.

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  • ECONOMICS

    It's time to ditch GDP

    • John Wicks
    • 23 September 2008
    9 Comments

    The 'trickle down' of wealth proclaimed by neo-liberalism is debatable, and hardships flowing from sub-prime activities descend on the disadvantaged with the finesse of a freight train. Some economists have demanded the GDP measure be replaced by goods and services data that promote the common good.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Modern parents' toy story

    • Daniel Donahoo and Tania Andrusiak
    • 12 September 2008
    4 Comments

    Our children are not our children. They live in a world saturated in brands, commercialism and all manner of hyped-up toys. So when, over a pre-dawn hot chocolate, our son told us he wanted to buy a Ninja Turtle, we just smiled.

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  • MEDIA

    Economic logic will protect Fairfax quality

    • Chris McGillion
    • 01 September 2008
    9 Comments

    Market realities demand corporate managers do not trash the 'brand'. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Financial Review are respected brands because they contain quality reporters and commentators.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anti-annoyance law will return to bite Church

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 July 2008
    12 Comments

    The Church needs to go beyond the benign 'we didn't ask for it' excuse for tolerating the controversial World Youth Day laws, which it can only regard as convenient. Its own right to strident expression of its views is at stake.

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  • RELIGION

    Catholic teaching affirms freedom that may annoy pilgrims

    • Frank Brennan
    • 03 July 2008
    50 Comments

    The rights of free speech and assembly should not be curtailed because World Youth Day pilgrims might be annoyed or inconvenienced. The NSW regulation is a dreadful interference with civil liberties, and contrary to the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching on human rights.

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  • MEDIA

    Henson nudes not 'revolting', but demand reflection

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 June 2008
    24 Comments

    The controversy surrounding art photographer Bill Henson's images of nude pubescent children reveals how strongly in our culture runs anxiety about child abuse. As a media event his art has been confused with the commercial exploitation of children.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Abyss of abbreviated old age

    • Ian C. Smith
    • 27 May 2008

    Treachery tumult happiness hope.. Maddening fits of loneliness.. the satirist in him self-abusive.

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